Dual British-Iranian citizen Alireza Akbari sentenced to dying for spying for UK


Alireza Akbari, a twin British-Iranian citizen and former Iranian official, has been sentenced to dying in Iran for spying for the UK, in keeping with Iranian judiciary-affiliated outlet Mizan on Wednesday.

Akbari beforehand served as Iran’s deputy protection minister and was the top of the Strategic Analysis Institute, in addition to a member of the navy group that carried out the United Nations decision that ended the Iran-Iraq struggle, in keeping with Iranian pro-reform outlet Shargh Day by day.

Based on the allegations in Mizan, Akbari “some time ago was arrested for spying against this country. On this basis and after filing an indictment against the accused, the file was referred to court and hearings were held in the presence of the accused’s lawyer and based on the valid documents in this person’s file, he was sentenced to death for spying for the UK.”

The British authorities has referred to as for Iran to halt the execution and launch Akbari. The BBC has reported Akbari was arrested in 2019 and that he served below Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, a reformist who was in workplace from 1997 to 2005.

Akbari appealed the choice, and after reviewing the case, Iran’s Supreme Court docket upheld the dying sentence, in keeping with Mizan. The outlet claims Iran’s intelligence ministry confirmed that Akbari was an secret agent for the British secret intelligence service MI6, alleging that he collected “important national information and provided it in a fully aware and informed manner.”

“This spy was in the process of obtaining a visa from the British Embassy by intelligence agents stationed there,” Mizan mentioned.

UK Overseas Secretary James Cleverly referred to as for the execution to be halted. “Iran must halt the execution of British-Iranian national Alireza Akbari and immediately release him. This is a politically motivated act by a barbaric regime that has total disregard for human life,” he mentioned in a tweet.

A UK Overseas Workplace spokesperson advised CNN it was supporting Akbari’s household “and have repeatedly raised his case with the Iranian authorities. Our priority is securing his immediate release and we have reiterated our request for urgent consular access.”

The Islamic Republic of Iran has lengthy ranked among the many world’s prime executioners.

The regime executed 314 individuals in 2021, 20% greater than the earlier 12 months, rights group Amnesty Worldwide mentioned in a report from Could 2022. Lots of these needed to do with drug-related crimes.

Final weekend, Iran executed two protesters charged with killing safety personnel, inflicting a global outcry. Critics mentioned that the executions have been a results of hasty sham trials.